AMMA Kazuo

J-GLOBAL         Last updated: Jul 23, 2017 at 12:40
AMMA Kazuo
Dokkyo University
Faculty of International Liberal Arts: Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Job title
Doctor of Philosophy(The Graduate School of the University of Reading), Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language(The Graduate School of the University of Reading), Master of Arts(Sophia University)


AMMA Kazuo, PhD, Professor of applied linguistics and TEFL at Dokkyo University (Saitama, Japan), has worked in statistical analysis of language test data. His major work in the qualitative difference in language processing among learners of different proficiency levels (awarded in 2004) is based on the combination of several statistical techniques including logistic regression analysis, multidimensional scaling, and contour analysis. He also developed a computer programme for the partial scoring of sequential items (2010). His current engagements include test projects for secondary school students at the Ministry of Education and accreditation of airline pilots’ English proficiency at the Ministry of Land and Transportation in Japan.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

- Part-time lecturer at Graduate School of Education, Waseda University
- Part-time lecturer at the Graduate School of Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
- Committee for English Information Education at JUCE
 Part-time lecturer at Musashino University of Art
 Part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science


Language Testing, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Reading
Faculty of Foreign Language, Osaka University of Foreign Studies

Awards & Honors

Most Extinguished Research Award of SAS Forum User Group Academic Conference ("Identification of a parsing strategy in syntax texts for learners of English as a foreign language.")

Published Papers

Frequency Vicissitudes of Grammar Items in New Horizon for Junior High School
AMMA Kazuo
(4) 63-86   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
Identifying hidden category labels in dichotomous tests: practical application
AMMA Kazuo
(2) 40-47   Mar 2013   [Refereed]
Authentic materials or where have the flowers gone?
AMMA Kazuo
JABAET Journal   (16) 107-116   Dec 2012   [Refereed]
Identifying hidden category labels in dichotomous tests
AMMA Kazuo
(28) 65-72   Mar 2011   [Refereed]
Linking standardised proficiency tests to classroom language learning or how to use TOEIC scores effectively
AMMA Kazuo
(29) 17-35   Mar 2011   [Refereed]


A discriminative factor of university language teachers' use of information technology tools.
Notes on diagnosis of misfit testees by the Rasch Model analysis.
Ronso^: Bulletin of the Faculty of Humanities, Tamagawa University   31   1991
An exploratory item analysis of a grammar diagnosis test : weakness in the university student's grammatical competence.
Ronso^: Bulletin of the Faculty of Humanities, Tamagawa University   (35) 103-128   1995
Differential Person Functioning of Low-Proficiency Language Learners.
IX Congreso de Metodología de las Ciencias Sociales y de la Salud (Departamento de Psicología Social y Metodología de las Ciencias del Comportamiento, Universidad de Granada),   132   2005
Analyses of test data with JMP.
70-71   2005

Books etc

Current Issues in Language Evaluation, Assessment and Testing: Research and Practice
AMMA Kazuo (Part:Joint Work, Estimating absolute proficiency levels in small-scale placement tests with predefined item difficulties)
Cambridge Scholars Publishing   Feb 2016   
An investigation of parsing strategy use of high- and low-proficiency EFL learners in written syntax tests.
[University of Reading]   2003   
Using a Hyper Card stack Rombun Sakusei Guide for academic thesis writing.
The Proceedings of the National Conference on Computers and Composition 1993   1994   

Conference Activities & Talks

Partial scoring of sequencing tasks with distance penalty
AMMA Kazuo
The Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) 2016   19 Nov 2016   
Assessing Proficiency Levels in Small-scale Placement Tests [Invited]
AMMA Kazuo
Staff Research Seminar, School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics (University of Auckland)   19 Oct 2016   
Transition of Occurrence Frequency of Grammar Items in a Junior High School Textbook New Horizon 1-3 [Invited]
AMMA Kazuo
18 Jun 2016   
Teaching content subjects in English: reflections on and towards globalisation
AMMA Kazuo
The 20th Conference of the Japan-Britain Association for English Teachers   13 Sep 2014   
Purposes and Effects of Group Presentation Championship
AMMA Kazuo & SEKIDO Fuyuhiko
The 53rd International Conference of the Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET)   29 Aug 2014   


Programming of Rasch Analysis
Structuring and organising computer assisted English language learning classes with software for screen sharing

Research Grants & Projects

Language Testing
multimedia materials for language teaching/learning
Statistics education for liberal art students
Project Year: 2002